Bats are beneficial to the environment; they eat tons of bugs every night that could otherwise wreak havoc on crops and other vegetation. However, when bat colonies start roosting in homes’ attics and leaving droppings in the attic floor a walls, they can become a real pest. If you have a bat colony in your attic or home, contact AAAC Wildlife Removal for bat control services and get rid of these pesky winged creatures.
Bat Removal Service Area
We handle bat removal in the following locations:
Aldine, Atascocita, Bellaire, Cinco Ranch, Conroe, Cypress, Humble, Kingwood, Missouri City, Montgomery, Pecan Grove, Richmond, Sienna Plantation, Spring, Stafford, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and Tomball
We offer safe, humane, and effective wildlife control services to keep Houston homes free of the smell of guano (bat droppings) and prevent infection or disease caused by bats nesting in your home’s walls or attic. We’re also experts at repairing damage left behind when we remove a colony from your house; we make sure everything is back to its original state before we leave.
Houston Bat Removal
Bats are nocturnal creatures, so you’ll likely spot them flying around your home at night. If there’s a colony living in your attic or walls and leaving droppings behind, it can be pretty disturbing to see them flying around your house. Plus, they carry diseases that could potentially hurt people and spread through their waste products, like bat guano (bat feces).
Once you’ve confirmed a bat problem, it’s time to call for help from experts; if left untreated, these animals can cause serious damage and pose health risks. Bats may look harmless, but their guano is full of dangerous spores that can lead to histoplasmosis – an infection which often leads to flu-like symptoms at first with more severe respiratory issues later on down the road. If you have any questions about bat control or handling of a bat problem, contact AAAC Wildlife Removal for information and assistance.
Bat Extermination vs. Bat Removal
Learning of bats in your home can be unnerving and your first instinct might be to call the nearest pest control available, However, killing bats is illegal in Texas – Bats are protected under Texas law, which means that they can’t be killed unless there’s a threat to human health or safety. So, it is important that a licensed and experienced bat removal company is consulted. This will ensure that the bats are safely and humanely removed from your home.
Bat guano and urine can compromise the integrity of your house’s structure – It can cause wood rot and lead to structural damage. It also causes stains on walls and ceilings, which can be unsightly. In addition, the weight of guano build up can also cause ceiling cave ins, which can lead to expensive repairs. This is why it’s important to deal with bat guano right away; the longer you wait, the more damage they’ll do to your home.
The best method of bat removal in Houston is to seal up any areas that the bats might be using as entry points. This process is called exclusion and it ensures that no more bats will come into your home once they’ve been removed from their current roosting spots. Bat exclusion is quite a thorough process which requires an inspection of the exterior and interior areas where bats might be getting in.
These entry points may include chimneys, vents, gaps under garage doors or beneath eaves, even holes as tiny as a half inch. Once these locations have been identified by our bat removal specialist we will take steps to ensure that they are sealed off so no other bats can get inside your home.
Removing Bats in the Attic
Removing bats from Houston homes requires attention to detail and expertise. It’s important to know how much damage is being caused by the bats roosting in your attic and just as crucial, knowing what species of bat you’re dealing with so that you know how to safely and humanely remove them.
Our team has years of experience dealing with all sorts of wild animals, and we are fully licensed to remove bats in Houston homes. Bats need to be removed by experienced professionals who know how best to handle them: they’re not like other pests that can just be swatted away or poisoned without consequence. If you’ve got a bat infestation on your hands, give AAAC Wildlife Removal a call!
This is how we handle bat exclusions:
- We spend a great deal of time identifying bat entry points and then sealing them shut
- We set up one-way doors so that bats can exit but not reenter the building
- Double check that all bats are excluded and out of your home
- We then seal all entry points with steel wool or mesh screens to prevent re-entry
- After this, we go through and do a thorough clean-up of any guano left in the attic or walls.
- Proceed with replacement of soiled insulation.
- Repair of wildlife damage, both inside and outside of the home.
The first step we take is to spend a great deal of time identifying bat entry points. Ensuring that there aren’t any other points of entry is essential to prevent future infestations. The next step involves the installation of one-way doors to allow the bats out, but not back in again – this is a safe and humane method of removing the bats from your house without harming them.
We then double check that all bats are out of your home to prevent accidental contact with any bat that may have been missed. After which we seal all entry points with steel wool or mesh screens to prevent the bats from re-entering.
Next is to do a thorough clean-up using professional grade cleaners and sanitizers for any fecal matters left behind by the bats in your home’s floor and insulation. We go through great lengths to ensure that your home is free of any odors and guano. Fogging with enzyme cleaner is also done after the insulation has been removed to make sure every nook and cranny is disinfected.
Once attic is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, we look at wildlife damage. We’ll fix any damage they may have done inside or outside of your home to make your house look like new again.
Dangers of DIY Bat Removal
Bats are are known reservoirs of deadly viruses like rabies, leptospirosis, Tioman virus, Nipah Virus and corona virus among others. Their guano is also toxic and can infect humans with histoplasmosis.
Histoplasmosis is the most common disease (besides rabies) associated with bats and can be fatal if contracted by people – especially those with compromised immune systems – which includes young children, elderly people, and pregnant women. One should never attempt to remove bats from on their own because of this reason.
Are bats protected in the great state of Texas?
Yes. Bats are protected by Texas state laws as well as federal laws. According to the Texas parks and wildlife code, It is illegal to kill any species of bat without a permit unless it is an imminent threat to human health and safety. They can, however, be removed from a home or building.
What is guano?
Guano is bat faeces, or droppings. These droppings are a major cause of Histoplasmosis disease which is contracted from breathing in dust that comes from dried guano and can also causes stains on ceilings if the bats have been living there for some time.
Is guano harmful?
Yes. Histoplasmosis disease is caused by breathing in dust that comes from dried bat feces and can be fatal if left untreated. Removing them by yourself is not recommended as you may contract the disease.
Is it safe to remove bats myself?
Most people will try removing these creatures themselves due to cost – please don’t do this as it’s incredibly dangerous; bats are known carriers of rabies and other zoonotic diseases(human transferable). It’s not worth the risk to try and remove them on your own as the health risks are too great. Also, one must remember that one does need permits for handling these animals for any kind of relocation. We highly recommend having a professional handle the job instead of attempting it yourself as time taken is way less than medical expenses and other costs that come with contracting these diseases from bats.